We started Audrey on it at 18 months and were religious about for nearly three years. During that time, we even tried the Specific Carbohydrate (SCD) diet, the even more restrictive Soul-Crushing Diet that I blogged about HERE.
|Gluten and casein incarnate|
The main thing was that as I started cheating and reintroducing gluten and casein, I noticed absolutely nothing in terms of any detrimental effects or regressions. The Holy Trinity of autism side effects for me are 1) Behavior, 2) Sleep, and 3) Poop. If none of those head south in any noticeable way, then as far as I'm concerned it's "pass the pierogi".
The other important point is that Audrey has a really, really good diet. We buy organic, eat out only occasionally, and never have fast food. Don't say, don't even think, that pizza is fast food or I will be forced to cut out your tongue and show it what real pizza tastes like.
One huge benefit of gutting out the grueling years on the diets is that Audrey is an awesome vegetable eater. She gloms down broccoli and green beans, and even (with some
Going out for pizza is something that we do infrequently enough that it is considered a special treat. And one that I think is richly deserved given her generally good eating habits. Still, my husband is a great advocate for the GFCF diet, so we keep our visits to the pizza parlor on the DL and try not to flaunt them.
Until Audrey says something like "I should not talk about eating pizza and ice cream. It's a secret. OOOOH...I DO NOT LIKE IT'S A SECRET!" right in front of my husband. Other subtle clues? Notes like this from school...